Examples of our Creative Curriculum
At Speldhurst School, the pupils and teachers follow the National Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science, Information Communication Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music, Design Technology and Physical Education. More detailed information can be found by following this link to the Department for Education. As you may be aware, the National Curriculum changed in 2014 and details of the new curriculum can be found in the Documents section for Years 1-6 or by following this link.
The school curriculum also includes Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. Pupils in Reception class follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum.
The work in each class is planned around a series of termly topics - our Creative Curriculum. These topics are organised so that as many areas of the curriculum as possible are included. Research has shown that children learn best when subjects are interlinked rather than being taught discreetly. The current termly plans for the KS1 programme and KS2 programme can be viewed by selecting a class and then accessing the Information for Parents page or by using the following links:-
Each class teacher also produces a Termly Review to catch up with what has been happening in class. These can also be accessed via each Class Page. Copies of medium term plans for past topics giving more detailed information on curriculum areas covered can be found by following this link. We hope this approach will inspire the children and will give them an opportunity to explore their topics more fully.
Pupils are encouraged to work independently, collaboratively in groups or as a whole class according to the tasks in which they are involved.
Children’s progress through the National Curriculum levels is assessed throughout the year and we also use standardised tests to monitor progress in Key Stage 2. The pupils in Years 2 and 6 take part in the national Standard Assessment Tests. The Foundation Stage Profile is completed at the end of the Reception year.
Teaching of Reading
Initial teaching starts in Pippin (our Reception/Year 1) class and is taught through the synthetic phonics approach promoted by Read, Write Inc. Children are taught letter sounds, how to blend them together to read and how to segment words into their individual sounds to spell. Correct letter formation is taught from the start of the programme. The Read, Write Inc programme continues through KS1. Pupils will work in small groups led by an adult each day. As they progress, children will revisit all letters and sounds taught to consolidate their learning.
Acts of Worship
Being a Church or England school, we hold regular Acts of Worship. The plans for the current topic being followed in our Acts of Worship can be be found by following this link.